Salvador Dalì’s The Persistence of Memory is the eccentric Spanish painter’s most recognizable work. You have probably committed its melting clocks to memory—but you may not know all that went into its making.
1. THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY WAS PAINTED IN THE MIDST OF A HALLUCINATION.
Around the time of the painting’s 1931 creation, Dalì perfected his “paranoiac-critical method.” The artist would attempt to enter a meditative state of self-induced psychotic hallucinations so that he could make what he called “hand-painted dream photographs.”
“I am the first to be surprised and often terrified by the images I see appear upon my canvas,” Dalì